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UIC Snaps Valpo’s Win Streak
Play Video Jessica Carr dribbles by a Flames defender. (Ray Acevedo)
Jessica Carr dribbles by a Flames defender. (Ray Acevedo)
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2/16/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. - ARC | Attendance: 343
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UIC342054
Valparaiso212243
Stats at a GlanceUICVALPO
FG Percentage.390 (23-59) .395 (17-43)
3P FG Percentage.263 (5-19) .200 (4-20)
FT Percentage.429 (3-7) .833 (5-6)
Offensive Rebounds187
Defensive Rebounds2020
Total Rebounds3827
Turnovers1621
Steals144
Bench Points104
Statistical LeadersUICVALPO
PointsGREEN - 20
GERARDOT - 9
ReboundsBAILEY - 13
RICHARDS - 9
AssistsBAILEY - 3
GREEN - 3
CARR - 4
RICHARDS - 4
StealsBAILEY - 5
RICHARDS - 3
BlocksBAILEY - 1
GERARDOT - 1
VARNER - 1
Tabitha Gerardot posts up in the paint Thursday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Tabitha Gerardot posts up in the paint Thursday night. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valparaiso saw its two-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday evening as the Crusaders fell to UIC 54-43 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Crusaders made five of their first six shots from the floor but committed 10 turnovers in the game’s first nine minutes and trailed 12-11.

“We weren’t very good offensively to begin the game in terms of executing,” head coach Keith Freeman said.  “We turned the ball over way too much.  We were standing around on offense and allowed them to continue to pressure us.”

UIC went on an 18-5 run to take a 30-16 lead at the 6:24 mark and took a 34-21 advantage into the break.

Valpo cut into the Flames’ advantage early in the second half.  A three-pointer by Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) followed by a jumper from Tabitha Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury H.S.) pulled the Crusaders within eight, 45-37, at the 12:25 mark. 

The Crusaders had three chances to cut the deficit further, but were unable to and UIC scored the next seven points to take the lead back to 15 with 6:15 to play.  Valpo went more than seven minutes without scoring during the stretch.

“UIC is a tough team for us to play with their athleticism and quickness to the basketball,” Freeman said.

After the deficit was back down to 11, the final margin, neither team was able to score in the game’s final 3:08.

The Crusaders did not have anyone finish the game in double figures, but Gerardot led Valpo with nine points while Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights H.S.) and Gina Lange (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake H.S.) each added eight.  Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Shamiea Green led UIC (16-9, 9-5 Horizon) with 20 points while Jasmine Bailey added 11 points and 13 boards.

“We had a hard time controlling Green’s penetration all game,” Freeman added.  “Laura did a good job on Bailey containing her under her average.”

The Crusaders finished the game shooting 39.5% from the floor after shooting 50% in the first half and committed 21 turnovers which led to 23 UIC points.  The Flames also outscored Valpo 16-0 in fast break points and outrebounded the Crusaders 38-27 including 18-7 on the offensive end.

“I fully expect us to come back Saturday ready to play with renewed energy,” Freeman concluded.

Valparaiso (7-17, 3-10) will return to action on Saturday afternoon hosting Loyola (Chicago).  Tip-off at the ARC is set for 1:35 p.m.  The game is a Play 4 Kay game in which the Crusaders to benefit breast cancer awareness.

Game Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series 19-17 but UIC has won four straight … the 54-43 final was identical to the first meeting this season in Chicago on Jan. 21 … Richards had four assists to pass Lisa Winter (1998-2000) for ninth on the Crusaders’ all-time list … there were just 17 combined fouls called in the game.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo